To Regulate Or Not To Regulate Online Advertising

How did we end up in a world where private companies want more regulation and the government wants less? If I understand this New York Times article correctly, that’s what’s happening: The Senate Commerce Committee began Wednesday to look at how online companies collect and use data about Internet users for advertising, and was told […]

State Assemblyman Armed With Slingshot Aims At Tech Giants

A trade group representing several large Internet companies sent a letter detailing “strong opposition” to a New York state bill that would limit the companies’ ability to collect information for targeted advertising. “[The bill] is unnecessary, most likely unconstitutional, and would have profound implications for the future of Internet advertising and the availability of free […]

Data Is The New Gold And People Will Do Anything For It

Let’s pick up one of Danny G.’s favorite topics this morning—privacy, or violations thereof. According to The New York Times, a data miner called Phorm, has created a tool that can track every single online action of a given consumer, based on data from that person’s Internet service provider. Phorm is right now trying to […]

Your Privacy For Free Phone Calls

Pudding Media, a start-up based in San Jose, Calif., is introducing an Internet phone service today that will be supported by advertising related to what people are talking about in their calls. Say again? Pudding Media eavesdrops on phone calls in order to display ads on screen that are related to the conversation. Voice recognition […]